What is the importance of dreams in this novel?

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The meaning is twofold: First, with dreams come a lot of symbols which can be useful for a writer to create the suspense and the thrill that is typical of mysteries.

Second, with the dreams the protagonist can access her memories of the case, and even can manipulate the information she offers depending on whether her so-called dreams are really flashbacks or mere creations.  They also serve as a way to access the real mentality of the murderess, and almost understand her sick way of thinking.

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